The Project of the Office of the First Lady of Ethiopia, “Connecting 1,500 Women & Young Girls to the Export Market”, which was implemented by the Center for Accelerated Women’s Economic Empowerment (CAWEE), successfully concluded part of the project that directly benefited 50 women (40 women in Basketry and 10 women in Stone Carving) in Axsum Town, Tigray Region. This part of the project was funded by the generous support secured from CGC Overseas Construction Ethiopia.
During this event of the trainees graduation and project hand-over, March 6, 2018, there were invited guests from the Office of the First Lady of Ethiopia, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Government officials from Tigray Region and Axsum, representatives form the Chain Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) which is project partner and the CGCOC Group.
Group Picture of Some of the Trainees with Representatives from CFPA & CGC Overseas
At the graduation ceremony, in welcoming the invited guests and congratulating the trainees, the Executive Director of CAWEE Mrs. Nigest Haile, highlighted the uniqueness of this project, in connecting the trainees to markets, where at the graduation event, both the women groups will be signing an exclusive purchase contract to sell their products to Entoto Bete Artisan, a social enterprise involved in export.
Nigest Delivering her Remarks
In her remarks, Nigest encouraged all the concerned development partners to take part in replicating such kind of initiative to be able to reach more women.
Mr. Hu Delivering his Remarks
During the graduation ceremony, Mr. Hu Yang Jun, representative from CGC Overseas Construction Ethiopia delivered his remarks. In his remarks, Mr. Hu highlighted the happiness that CGCOC is enjoying in taking part of such an imitative in empowering women economically.
He further mentioned that CGCOC will definitely continue its support in empowering women, where the next project expected to be funded by this organization in Lalibela Town, Amhara Region was mentioned.
Ms. Fengwei Delivering her Remarks
Ms. Fengwei, representative from CFPA, International Development Department, who is also project partner, delivered her remarks in appreciating what has been accomplished by CAWEE in providing the skills training to the women and in connecting them to markets.
In appreciating the funding secured from CGCOC for the implantation of this project, she further underlined that CFPA will continue its partnership with CAWEE in empowering women economically.
Following the remarks delivered by the concerned ones was certificate handing over ceremony, where guests of honor handed over the certificates to the trainees.
Mr. Hu, left from CGCOC and Dr. Yetemwork, right, Handing-over Certificates to Trainees
Ms. Fengwei Handing-over Certificate to one of the Trainees
Connecting the trainees to markets being one of the major tasks of CAWEE, during the graduation ceremony, the two women groups, both Basketry and Stone Carving, signed exclusive purchase agreement with Entoto Beth Artisan.
Mrs. Bethlehem Owner & Manager of Entoto Bete Artisan (sitting left) and the Leaders of the Two Women Groups (sitting right) officially Signing the Agreement
In finalizing the event, the project was officially handed-over to the Axsum Town Small and Micro Enterprise Development Office in the presence of the invited guests.
Mrs. Nigest, left and Mr. Beyene right, during the signing of the project hand-over document